Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2006 (Revised June 2007)

3i Group plc: May 2006

by G. Felda Hardymon and Ann Leamon


Since 2004, Philip Yea, the first outsider ever to lead 3i Group, one of Europe's largest publicly listed private equity firms, has been trying to help the far flung organization become more of a streamlined partnership even as it functions around the globe. As he considers 3i's performance through the first quarter of 2006 (3i's fiscal year 2006), he must balance his satisfaction at the firm's results and progress in the recent buoyant market with the question of whether the firm's people, strategy, and goals are sufficiently aligned that it can survive and prosper in the coming market correction.

Keywords: Private Equity; Globalized Firms and Management; Alignment; Partners and Partnerships; Public Ownership; Employees; Goals and Objectives; Financial Services Industry;


Hardymon, G. Felda, and Ann Leamon. "3i Group plc: May 2006." Harvard Business School Case 807-006, September 2006. (Revised June 2007.)